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Every Farm a FactoryThe Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture$
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Deborah Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088137

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088137.001.0001

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The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture

The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture

(p.10) Chapter 1 The Industrial Ideal in American Agriculture
Every Farm a Factory

Deborah Fitzgerald

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses American agriculture and explores the contextual gridwork on which transformation from traditional to industrial agriculture hung in the period of 1920s. The sheer diversity of landscapes and climates in America, as well as the diversity of crops, livestock, and humans, discredits the idea of a monolithic American agricultural aggregate. The chapter discusses the great diversity of American rural landscapes and the farm products that came from them, as well as their amenability to the industrializing push. It examines the role of World War I in destabilizing both farm production and rural expectations, and also the intriguing and ultimately irresistible attraction of new factories and businesses that promoted rational management and mechanization and seemed a fitting model for agriculture.

Keywords:   farm fields, American agriculture, rural landscapes, farm products, farm production

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